Letter (WCP345.345)



Novr. 9th. 1845.

D[ea]r. Sir

I am very much obliged to you for the "Beetles" you sent me — the Donacias & Chrysomela I feel most interest in — You must be very rich in the latter genus. —

I have seen some good Cabinets by[?] those at the Entomological Society's Museum & others — & I know that the cost made in that style is a guinea per drawer — But still a very good cabinet might doubtless be made for [2] less —

Have you seen any of the Boxes you mention — If they are glazed they must be cheap & very convenient as you can add to them at your leisure & as your stock of Insects increases & with a nice Bookcase to keep them in they would look as well as, or better than a cabinet —

Can you be so kind as to let me know their dimensions whether they are glazed, & the address of the maker — [3] I shall eith[er] get a dozen of them or some sort of Cabinet this winter —

Have you read "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation"1? or is it out of your line? —

I remain | Your sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Mr Henry Bates.

Anonymous (Chambers, Robert). 1844. Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation. London: John Churchill. The author, Robert Chambers (1802-1871), was not named until the issue of the 12th edition in 1884.

Please cite as “WCP345,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 30 November 2023, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP345